5 NBA Players Who Have Actually Been To Prison!

5 NBA Players Who Have Actually Been To Prison!


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history there have been many players who have served prison sentences for
committing crimes from small charges such as drug possession to large
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at five NBA players who have been to prison
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one of the lesser-known arrests and convictions in NBA history comes from
NBA player Charles Smith as a star point guard at Georgetown University in the
late 1980s Smith went undrafted in the 1989 NBA Draft but still somehow managed
to find himself playing for the league not to be confused with Charles Smith of
the New York Knicks this Charles Smith was the 1989 Big East Player of the Year
Smith played a total of 73 games in three NBA seasons between 1989 and 1995
with the Boston Celtics and the Minnesota Timberwolves he also played
for the 1988 United States men’s Olympic basketball team before ending his NBA
career to play for a bunch of Canadian and European teams however on March 22nd
1991 his basketball career officially came to an end when he ran a red light
while driving his van causing him to strike – 21 year-old Boston University
students as if that wasn’t bad enough the 23 year old Charles Smith then
decided to flee the scene however what he failed to realize was that he ended
up taking the lives of both a young women according to a passenger in
Smith’s car after running over the two people he paused for a second and then
sped away police acting on information provided by witnesses and a taxi driver
who followed the vehicle stopped the van several blocks away and immediately
arrested Smith at the time they thought he was under the influence of alcohol
but that wasn’t the case regardless the following year in 1992 Charles Smith was
convicted of vehicle homicide leaving the scene of an accident as well as
manslaughter and was sentenced to four and a half years in prison at the time
the Celtics had signed him to a 10-day contract and with the news of his arrest
they just let it expire Charles Smith only ended up serving 28 months of his
four-and-a-half year sentence and when the 26 year old was released from prison
in July of 1994 the NBA decided to give him a second chance however he would
only end up playing eight games with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1995 and in
2001 his basketball career would come to an end as if the hit-and-run was not bad
enough on October 21st 2010 Smith was shot twice in the chest at his home in
Bowie Maryland luckily for him he underwent surgery and survived however
unfortunately for him the next day police discovered a large quantity of
cocaine and evidence of a gambling operation while searching his home talk
about bad luck back 1990 NBA season after going undrafted
out of st. Mary’s University six foot eight small forward Henry James signed
with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a 1 million dollar contract throughout his
NBA career he has also played for six other cities including Atlanta
Sacramento Utah Los Angeles and Houston after retiring in 1998 James looked on
other means of making money dealing drugs despite this he was not exactly
the smartest drug dealer out there on September 7th 2006
James was arrested for selling a total of 750 dollars in crack cocaine to an
undercover police officer prosecutors originally charged him with
two counts of dealing a controlled substance because they said he dealt
crack cocaine twice two undercover detectives the second time he did it was
in a Burger King parking lot with six children four of them his ranging from
three months to 11 years old luckily for him in March of 2007 the former NBA
player who once held the record for most three-pointers in a single quarter
signed a plea agreement admitting to dealing more than five grams of crack
cocaine which led to one of his charges being dropped in the end James only
pleaded guilty to one charge of distribution of a controlled substance
however because of this a US district court judge sentenced the 41 year old to
serve five years in federal prison I don’t know which one was worse the fact
that he sold drugs to an undercover cop or the fact that he had kids with him
when he did let me know what you guys think in the comments down below
ex-nba player Keon Clark supposedly had a bright future in the league but
instead his career only lasted six seasons split between four teams
including the Utah Jazz Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings at 23 years old the
former Toronto Raptors power Ford became the 13th overall pick in the 1998 NBA
Draft the same draft that produced players such as Dirk Nowitzki Paul
Pierce and Vince Carter however after leaving the NBA in 2004 his life took a
turn for the worse that same year Clark was facing multiple
charges including possession of marijuana and illegal weapons later in
2013 while he was driving his car Clark had blacked out at the wheel hitting a
telephone pole causing his car to flip it was actually this incident including
finn’s possession and driving while under the influence that led to his
arrest the clerk was facing multiple charges
and eventually pleaded guilty to two charges in two separate cases and was
given four years for each count in the end he was sentenced to eight years in
prison this past summer after serving 50
percent of his sentence and showing good behavior he was released on parole
despite the fact that his crime is not as interesting as you guys might have
been expecting what makes his situation so unique was the fact that he literally
did everything from his crimes off the court to his points on the court while
under the influence of alcohol you see Keyon Clark had a serious
addiction during a court hearing in 2007 he even confessed that he never played a
single NBA game while solver Clark said that he started drinking in high school
and in 1998 after being drafted in the NBA by the Orlando Magic he began
drinking at games during halftime as a matter of fact he would drink as much as
a half pint to a pint of gin daily pretty interesting luckily for him the
prison sentence served as an eye opener the 42 year old is currently five months
sober and is looking to change his life completely around you gotta give credit
where it’s due former NBA shooting guard Billy Ray
Bates spent four seasons in the NBA playing for a variety of teams including
the Portland Trailblazers Washington Bullets and Los Angeles Lakers Bates
made his NBA debut in 1980 and was named the league’s Player of the Week just one
month later despite his somewhat successful career he played in just a
hundred and eighty-seven NBA games due to drug problems on January 17th 1988
following his retirement from the league Bates went to a liquor store bought a
lottery ticket and a half pint of vodka which he ended up drinking he then ran
into a group of younger kids who had plans of purchasing cocaine but nobody
had the money to buy the drug Bates suggested the idea of robbing a nearby
gas station using a knife and so he did during the robbery he attacked the 18
year-old cash register attendant and used the knife to cut off his ear even
though Bates denied his involvement the attack was caught on video and the
weapon was found when it fell out of his pocket while he was running away police
would eventually find him passed out on the lawn just blocks away from the crime
scene and with just seven dollars in his pockets yeah you heard that right
he stole seven dollars although Bates said that he never used a weapon the
attendant had to receive malt stiches to put his ear back eventually
Billy was convicted of first-degree aggravated assault and second-degree
assault and in June of 2000 he began serving the sentence that carried a
maximum of 10 years and a minimum of 5 luckily for him he was paroled in March
of 2005 after completing four years of his sentence however just 18 months
later he violated his parole after testing positive for cocaine which
landed him back in prison for a year and a half before finally being released on
March 23rd of 2008 back in the 1953 NBA Draft 22 year old Jack Molina was
selected as a third overall pick by the Fort Wayne Pistons and his one and only
season in the NBA that six foot six player was an all-star small forward
despite playing 32 somewhat successful games for the Pistons less than a year
into his career he was banned for life from the NBA you see Molina was involved
in one of the first issues with gambling in the NBA what’s most interesting to
note here was the fact that he had some serious ties with the Mafia which you
would use to become involved in a point-shaving scandal where he and his
teammates would constantly bet on games they would specifically gamble on games
his team won and he sometimes even bet against his own team when the NBA
learned of his tactics he was immediately arrested and banned from the
league you would think that he would have learned his lesson from his first
betting experience but that wasn’t the case with the NBA out of his reach
Molina’s decided to fix more than basketball
he began cheating in boxing matches by drugging the fighters and even in horse
races by shocking the animals using a remote-control buzzer the man was the
ultimate finesse for him money was the main priority and he was willing to get
it by any means in the early 1960s after learning about
college basketball and the potential amounts of money it could make him he
jumped back into the sport in 1961 using himself as one of the bookies Molina’s
got the mafia involved in another point-shaving scandal by bribing players
to fix games this time around he began using college players for his schemes
when he first began Jack became the central figure in a gambling ring that
at the very least fixed the outcomes of 67 NCAA games involving 49 players from
25 colleges in 18 different states by the end of his career four hundred and
seventy-six players and 43 games were all controlled by Jack and the Mafia one
of his first and most cooller victims was future NBA Hall of
Famer Connie Hawkins during the Christmas holidays Hawkins was extremely
broke so he decided to borrow 250 dollars from Jack Molina’s with the
promise to repay of course Jack gave the 250 dollars to the freshman although
Molina’s never encouraged Hawkins to throw games that will ended up happening
despite having no participation or knowledge of fixing games Connie Hawkins
was kicked out of college and barred from the NBA for eight years
in 1963 despite all of his success with his schemes and scandals authorities
eventually arrested and convicted Jack Molina’s he was found guilty of bribing
players to fix games from 1957 to 1961 because of this he was sentenced to 10
to 15 years in prison in the end Molina sees actions led to the arrests of 37
players across 22 colleges including Columbia st. John’s New York University
North Carolina State and Connecticut despite all of this Jack himself only
served five years of his sentence following his release from prison he
returned to his old tricks and even taught himself some new ones including
trafficking and pornography and Taiwanese furs by 1975 he moved to
Hollywood where his life would become a California cliche the former basketball
star had a comfortable house in the Hollywood Hills and hundreds of
thousands of dollars he was literally living the dream unfortunately for him
this dream would come to a tragic end in the early mornings of August 3rd 1975
while standing in the backyard of his Hollywood Hills home the then 43 year
old Jack Molina’s was struck and killed from a single bullet to his head
investigators believed that his murder was an assassination sent by the mafia
but I guess we’ll never know